I dont have much to compare to. Closer to Jazz than the P imo. My only real comparison is one Squier Jazz for >25yrs+ so thats my "baseline". I been off the loop and havent really checked out the pickups much. Should be interesting. The black on black pickguard makes it a non issue, but I dont see anything wrong with it, Jazz is my fav for style with the chrome plug area its built a little better too than plastic. hmmm maybe a metal custom pickguard, color anaodized...or Harley Chrome on black would be cool.